Democrats Oppose Bill to Create Oversight Committee

Media Statement

For Immediate Release: February 12, 2018

Contact:     Ross Chambless, Communications Specialist
                   Utah House Democratic Caucus
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Democrats Oppose Bill to Create Oversight Committee

Salt Lake City - Today the House Government Operations Committee voted 6 to 3 in favor of passing H.B. 175 - “Oversight Committee Creation.”  Both Democrats on the committee, Rep. Patrice Arent and Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck voted against the bill. The bill would establish an investigative committee to uncover fraud, abuse, and misconduct, among other things, in all aspects of state and local government that do not directly deal with the courts or the legislature.  The bill was brought back to the committee for consideration after failing once.

Rep. Rebecca Chavez-Houck, voting against the measure, said, “While we agree that funds need to be used properly in all aspects of government, the vague nature of this bill creates more problems than it is trying to solve. We do not know what the standards of this committee would be in deciding what is considered fraud, abuse, etc. We should be targeting known issues rather than casting an investigative net over the state in the hopes of finding a problem.”

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.